Best Action Movies of 1930


Hell's Angels

7.3/10 IMDB

In this aerial spectacle, brothers Roy and Monte Rutledge, each attending Oxford university, enlist with the Royal Flying Corps when World War I breaks out.

Starring: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow, Lucien Prival, Frank Clarke, Roy Wilson, Douglas Gilmore, Jane Winton, Marian Marsh ..
Directed by: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, James Whale
Release date: 1930-11-15
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

7.1/10 IMDB

World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but he soon is promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton, Frank McHugh, Clyde Cook, James Finlayson, Gardner James, William Janney, Edmund Breon, Howard Hawks ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1930-07-10
Best Action Movies of 1930 : True to the Navy

True to the Navy

6.3/10 IMDB

Ruby is a counter girl at the San Diego Soda Shop with a habit of being a girlfriend to Sailors stopping by. Things get a little zany when she sets her eyes on Bull's Eye McCoy a gunner who refuses to settle down.

Starring: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Harry Green, Rex Bell, Eddie Fetherston, Eddie Dunn, Ray Cooke, Harry Sweet, Adele Windsor, Sam Hardy ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1930-05-25
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Spoilers

The Spoilers

7.2/10 IMDB

On a voyage to Nome, Roy Glenister, one of the several owners of a rich mine, The Midas, is captivated by Helen Chester, while he both fascinates and disquiets her by his primitive nature. He arrives to find his partners, Slapjack Simms and Joe Dextry, befuddled by a trio of no-gooders: Voorhees, the U. S. marshal, Judge Stillman, and McNamara, a politician. Their racket is to cloud title to the various mine claims, eject the miners, and make McNamara owner of the disputed properties.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Kay Johnson, Betty Compson, William 'Stage' Boyd, Harry Green, Slim Summerville ..
Directed by: Edwin Carewe
Release date: 1930-09-20
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Men Without Women

Men Without Women

6.0/10 IMDB

Made during the early days of sound cinema, this tense submarine adventure is an intriguing example of a hybrid silent-talkie. A disgraced English sub commander changes his name to Burke and joins the American Navy. When the U.S. submarine on which he is serving as a torpedo launcher begins to sink, Burke must make the ultimate sacrifice to save as many crew men as possible..

Starring: Frank Albertson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Warren Hymer, Walter McGrail, Stuart Erwin, John Wayne, Kenneth MacKenna, George LeGuere, Charles K. Gerrard, Ben Hendricks Jr. ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1930-02-08
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Scarlet Pages

Scarlet Pages

5.5/10 IMDB

Nora Mason becomes entangled in a family mix-up of murder and scandal that threatens to ruin her career and entire future; Unless the mother she does not know can find a way to save her.

Starring: Elsie Ferguson, Marian Nixon, John Halliday, Grant Withers, Daisy Belmore, William B. Davidson, Jean Laverty, Wilbur Mack, Charlotte Walker, Neely Edwards ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1930-09-27
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Ingagi


4.4/10 IMDB

An expedition enters an area of the Congo jungle to investigate reports of a gorilla-worshipping tribe.

Starring: Sir Hubert Winstead, Daniel Swayne, Arthur Clayton, Louis Nizor, Charles Gemora ..
Directed by: William Campbell
Release date: 1930-03-15
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Renegades


5.3/10 IMDB

Four one-for-all and all-for-one privates in the French Foreign Legion are all in jail for disorderly conduct, but they break out and rejoin their regiment and fight off a band of marauding Arabs, and are soon in Casablanca getting decorated by the French Minister of War. Deucalion spots Eleanor, a spy who had done him dirt and after tangling with the local gendarmes, they take her and head back for Morocco where they are charged with desertion, and have to go out and defeat some more marauding natives, and dodge the machine-gun fire directed at them by the highly-displeased Eleanor, and one thing just follows another.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Noah Beery, Gregory Gaye, George Cooper, Bela Lugosi, C. Henry Gordon, Noah Beery Jr., Maurice Black, Colin Chase ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1930-10-26
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Burning Up

Burning Up

5.8/10 IMDB

Racecar-driver Lou Larrigan gets mixed up with a crooked gang of racetrack promoters, and is in love with Ruth Morgan, whose father is marked as a victim by the gang.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Francis McDonald, Sam Hardy, Charles Sellon, Tully Marshall, Irving Bacon, Clara Blandick, Robert Dudley, Broderick O'Farrell ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1930-02-02
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Sea Bat

The Sea Bat

5.3/10 IMDB

The sister of a sponge diver killed by a stingray loves an escaped convict posing as a priest.

Starring: Raquel Torres, Charles Bickford, Nils Asther, George F. Marion, John Miljan, Boris Karloff, Gibson Gowland, Edmund Breese, Mathilde Comont, Mack Swain ..
Directed by: Lionel Barrymore, Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1930-07-05
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Pardon My Gun

Pardon My Gun

4.3/10 IMDB

Ted is riding for Pa Martin against Cooper in the big race. When Cooper has his men capture Ted, Peggy overhears them and sets out to free Ted in time for the race.

Starring: Tom Keene, Sally Starr, Mona Ray, Lee Moran, Robert Edeson, Hank MacFarlane, Tom MacFarlane, Harry Woods, Abe Lyman ..
Directed by: Robert De Lacey
Release date: 1930-10-05
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Paradise Island

Paradise Island

5.0/10 IMDB

The south sea island Tonga is full of plantations and scoundrels. Ellen Bradford arrives expecting marriage to respectable and successful plantation owner only to find he is a drunk and gambler. Being the only white woman she is the desire of scoundrels and cut-throats.

Starring: Kenneth Harlan, Marceline Day, Tom Santschi, Paul Hurst, Betty Boyd, Victor Potel, Gladden James, Will Stanton, Ethan Laidlaw ..
Directed by: Bert Glennon
Release date: 1930-07-15
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Last of the Duanes

The Last of the Duanes

5.3/10 IMDB

Buck Duane avenges his father's murder by gunning down the killer, but must flee from the law. He finds Ruth, whom he once loved, in the clutches of the outlaw Bland. In rescuing Ruth, he becomes entangled with Bland's amorous wife.

Starring: George O’Brien, Lucile Browne, Myrna Loy, Walter McGrail, Clara Blandick, Natalie Kingston, Lloyd Ingraham, Nat Pendleton, Willard Robertson, Ed Brady ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1930-08-31
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Oklahoma Cyclone

The Oklahoma Cyclone

3.7/10 IMDB

A cowboy looking for his missing father, poses as an outlaw and joins the gang he thinks is responsible.

Starring: Bob Steele, Rita Rey, Al St. John, Charles King, Slim Whitaker, Cliff Lyons, N.E. Hendrix, Hector V. Sarno ..
Directed by: John P. McCarthy
Release date: 1930-08-08
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Shadow Ranch

Shadow Ranch

6.8/10 IMDB

Summoned to Shadow Ranch by his friend Ranny Williams, Sim Baldwin arrives to find Ranny has been ambushed and murdered. Sim learns ranch owner Ruth Cameron is under pressure to sell out to Dan Blake, as the dam on the ranch controls the town's water supply. Vowing to avenge his old friend's death, Sim takes up Ruth's fight and incurs Blake's hostility.

Starring: Buck Jones, Marguerite De La Motte, Kate Price, Albert J. Smith, Frank Rice, Slim Whitaker, Ernie Adams, Ben Corbett, Willie Fung, Silver ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1930-09-27
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Roaring Ranch

Roaring Ranch

6.0/10 IMDB

Cowboy fights to keep his ranch after oil is discovered on it.

Starring: Hoot Gibson, Sally Eilers, Wheeler Oakman, Agnes Steele, Bobby Nelson, Leo White, Jim Corey, Fred Gilman, Mary Gordon, Marlyn Walker ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1930-04-27
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Beau Bandit

Beau Bandit

4.8/10 IMDB

Mexican-bandit Montero and his deaf-mute sidekick Coloso are being pursued through the sand-dunes of southern Arizona by lawman Bob-Cat Manners and his posse. Montero has intentions of robbing the bank owned by skinflint Lucius Perkins, but is sidetracked by the attractions of singing-teacher Helen Wardell. He learns that Perkins has marital designs on Helen and holds the mortgage on her ranch. But Helen is in love with Bill Howard. Perkins offers Montero money to kill his rival.

Starring: Rod La Rocque, Doris Kenyon, Mitchell Lewis, Tom Keene, Walter Long, Charles Middleton, James Donlan ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1930-03-02
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Fighting Legion

The Fighting Legion

5.5/10 IMDB

After being shot, a dying Marshal Dawson gives Dave Hayes his badge and asks him to finish his job. Dave becomes Marshal but when Bowie, the man that shot Dawson appears, he exposes Dave as an imposter. Dave is then in trouble when Edwards incites the mob to lynch him.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Dorothy Dwan, Ernie Adams, Harry Todd, Frank Rice, Stanley Blystone, Slim Whitaker, Robert Walker, J. C. Fowler, Les Bates ..
Directed by: Harry Joe Brown
Release date: 1930-04-05
Best Action Movies of 1930 : See America Thirst

See America Thirst

5.4/10 IMDB

Two men, one timid and one aggressive, make out as comical criminals.

Starring: Harry Langdon, Slim Summerville, Bessie Love, Mitchell Lewis, Matthew Betz, Stanley Fields, Lloyd Whitlock, Richard Alexander, Tom Kennedy, Lew Hearn ..
Directed by: William James Craft
Release date: 1930-11-23
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The W Plan

The W Plan

5.4/10 IMDB

A tense WWI spy thriller in which Colonel Duncan Grant (British star Brian Aherne, in his first talking role), parachutes into Germany to gather intelligence on the enemy’s secret ‘W Plan’ and to assist Allied POWs in digging escape tunnels.

Starring: Brian Aherne, George Merritt, C.M. Hallard, Frederick Lloyd, B. Gregory, Mary Jerrold, Madeleine Carroll, Clifford Heatherley, Austin Trevor, Norah Howard ..
Directed by: Victor Saville
Release date: 1930-02-25
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Mountain Justice

Mountain Justice

5.1/10 IMDB

In the Kentucky mountains, Ken McTavish comes to Kettle Creek looking for the killer of his father. When he learns that it was Abner Harland, he fakes the killing of his friend Rusty, puts Abner in a coffin, and takes off. Lem Harland, seeing Rusty alive, realizes what happened and the chase is on.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Otis Harlan, Kathryn Crawford, Paul Hurst, Richard Carlyle, Les Bates, Gilbert Holmes ..
Directed by: Harry Joe Brown
Release date: 1930-05-04
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Lone Defender

The Lone Defender

4.9/10 IMDB

A prospector is murdered by The Cactus Kid and his gang, who hope to find the murdered man's goldmine. The miner's dog, Rin-Tin-Tin, recognizes the killers, who thereafter seek to use the dog to locate the lost mine. With the help of a government agent and a young girl, Rinty saves the mine and brings the bad guys to justice.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Walter Miller, June Marlowe, Josef Swickard, Buzz Barton, Lee Shumway, Julia Bejarano, Lafe McKee, Arthur Morrison, Frank Lanning ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1930-03-04
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Way of All Men

The Way of All Men

5.5/10 IMDB

A variety of broad-painted and unlikely characters are trapped in an underground café when a Mississippi River levee breaks and causes flood havoc above and below.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Dorothy Revier, Noah Beery, Dorothy Mathews, Robert Edeson, Anders Randolf, Ivan F. Simpson, William Orlamond, Henry Kolker, Louis King ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1930-09-07
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Rogue of the Rio Grande

Rogue of the Rio Grande

4.5/10 IMDB

El Malo, notorious Mexican bandit, forces the Mayor of Sierra Blanca, Seth Landport, to open the safe and turn over to him 2,000 pesos, which the bandit gives a promissory note for to the Mayor. Seth rushes to the cantina where Sheriff Rankin is drinking, and the sheriff posts a reward for the capture of El Malo. El Malo informs his men of the reward. The bandit and his sidekick, Pedro, visit the cantina where Pedro resumes a former acquaintance with Dolores, while El Malo has his attention directed to a tango being performed by Carmita. El Malo pushes her dancing partner aside and finishes the dance with Carmita. Since Seth's description of him is not accurate, El May visits the sheriff and promises to deliver the wanted bandit to the cantina the following night. THe following morning, El Malo and Pedro depart, and, halting their horses on a hill, view the stagecoach being held up by a trio of outlaws.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Walter Miller, Carmelita Geraghty, Gene Morgan, Raymond Hatton, William P. Burt, José Bohr, Florence Dudley, Fred Parker ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1930-12-06
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Jade Box

The Jade Box

5.2/10 IMDB

Released in both sound and silent versions, this ten-chapter serial starred former cowboy ace Jack Perrin and chapterplay veteran Louise Lorraine.

Starring: Louise Lorraine, Jack Perrin, Monroe Salisbury, Francis Ford, Leo White, Wilbur Mack ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1930-03-24
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Vengeance


3.5/10 IMDB

John Meadham, in charge of a West Africa trading post, wire the home office in London that he is tired and worn out, and they need to send a replacement to take over. The company sends a stiff upper-lipper, Charles Summers, accompanied by his wife, Margaret. An antagonism develops between the two men from the moment Summers arrives.

Starring: Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, Philip Strange, George C. Pearce, Hayden Stevenson, Irma Harrison, Onest Conley ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1930-02-22
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Third Alarm

The Third Alarm

2.1/10 IMDB

The story of the firemen at Engine House No.8, where widower Frank "Dad" Brooks is the beloved veteran and whose children, Milly and Jimmie, are especially fond of firemen Dan and "Beauty" Johnson. The problem of the day is concern whether or not Brooks is going to qualify for a pension...until a three-alarm inferno breaks out at the orphanage.

Starring: Anita Louise, James Hall, Paul Hurst, Jean Hersholt, Hobart Bosworth, Mary Doran, Dot Farley, Nita Martan, Georgie Billings, Walter Perry ..
Directed by: Emory Johnson
Release date: 1930-11-17
Best Action Movies of 1930 : Good Intentions

Good Intentions

0.0/10 IMDB

When love came the way of this gentleman crook he turned to the right---only to be caught in the swirling eddy of his criminal past! (original ad)

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Marguerite Churchill, Regis Toomey, Earle Foxe, Eddie Gribbon, Robert McWade, Georgia Caine, Owen Davis Jr., Pat Somerset, J. Carrol Naish ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1930-06-29
Best Action Movies of 1930 : O'Malley Rides Alone

O'Malley Rides Alone

6.6/10 IMDB

Mounties O'Malley and Calhoun are sent to see why miners are not returning with their gold. Arriving, they recover the gold from a robbery attempt.

Starring: Bob Custer, Phyllis Bainbridge, Martin Cichy, J.P. McGowan, Bud Osborne, Cliff Lyons, Perry Murdock, Slim Whitaker ..
Directed by: J.P. McGowan
Release date: 1930-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Squealer

The Squealer

0.0/10 IMDB

A gangster's wife, fearful that he is about to be murdered by his rivals, tips off the police to his whereabouts in order to save his life. Her husband, however, believes her reason was that she wanted him out of the way so she could have his best friend.

Starring: Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, Davey Lee, Matt Moore, Zasu Pitts, Robert Ellis, Matthew Betz, Arthur Housman, Louis Natheaux, Eddie Kane ..
Directed by: Harry Joe Brown
Release date: 1930-08-20
Best Action Movies of 1930 : On the Level

On the Level

0.0/10 IMDB

An ironworker and his equally tough friend decide to leave New Orleans to work as beam-walkers on a New York City skyscraper. This arouses the ire of his Cajun girlfriend who promptly shoots at him as he walks away and then follows him to the Big Apple where she becomes a nightclub performer.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, William Harrigan, Lilyan Tashman, Fifi D'Orsay, Arthur Stone, Leila McIntyre, Mary McAllister, Ben Hewlett, Harry Tenbrook, R.O. Pennell ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1930-05-18


0.0/10 IMDB

In this one cowboy stars Rooseveldt and McDonald enact a rescued damsel plot complete with sword fight.

Starring: Buddy Roosevelt, Wallace MacDonald ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1930-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1930 : The Rounder

The Rounder

5.5/10 IMDB

A drunkard climbs a ladder into a bedroom in the wrong house and gets romantically involved with the woman who lives there.

Starring: Jack Benny, Dorothy Sebastian, George K. Arthur, Polly Moran ..
Directed by: J. C. Nugent
Release date: 1930-01-18

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